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Ahmed S Bayoumi, Tatsuya Aonuma, Jian-Peng Teoh, Yao-Liang Tang, Il-Man Kim
Recent advancements in genome-wide analyses and RNA-sequencing technologies led to the discovery of small noncoding RNAs, such as microRNAs (miRs), as well as both linear long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and circular long noncoding RNAs (circRNAs). The importance of miRs and lncRNAs in the treatment, prognosis and diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) has been extensively reported. We also previously reviewed their implications in therapies and as biomarkers for CVDs. More recently, circRNAs have also emerged as important regulators in CVDs...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Kazuko Koshiba-Takeuchi
In situ hybridization is defined as one of the most useful and powerful methods to know where genes (e.g., mRNA, ncRNA) of interest are expressed in tissues. Expression of mRNA can be detected as blue or dark purple signals though hybridization, immunoreaction and coloring steps. Genome-wide approaches in various model animals have been conducted thoroughly, and have led to new research areas aimed at uncovering novel gene functions in cell differentiation and development. To elucidate gene function, spatiotemporal gene expression analysis is very important...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yongping Chen, Bei Cao, Ruwei Ou, Qianqian Wei, Xueping Chen, Bi Zhao, Ying Wu, Wei Song, Hui-Fang Shang
Large-scale meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies have identified several loci linked to sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the roles of some important loci, such as HNMT Thr105Ile, STK39 rs2390669, and NMD3 rs34016896, have not been clarified in Chinese populations. Accumulating evidence indicates that some common clinicopathological characteristics are shared by different neurodegenerative diseases. Consequently, we conducted a large sample study to investigate associations between these variants and PD, multiple system atrophy (MSA), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in Chinese populations...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Luca Lovrečić, Polona Rajar, Marija Volk, Sara Bertok, Barbara Gnidovec Stražišar, Damjan Osredkar, Maja Jekovec Vrhovšek, Borut Peterlin
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of the neurodevelopment disorders presenting as an isolated ASD or more complex forms, where a broader clinical phenotype comprised of developmental delay and intellectual disability is present. Both the isolated and complex forms have a significant causal genetic component and submicroscopic genomic copy number variations (CNV) are the most common identifiable genetic factor in these patients. The data on microarray testing in ASD cohorts are still accumulating and novel loci are often identified; therefore, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of the method and the relevance of implementing it into routine genetic testing in ASD patients...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Applied Genetics
Tongmeng Jiang, Junting Liu, Yiqiang Ouyang, Huayu Wu, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao, Xingdong Zhang
In this study, we report that the intra-hydrogel culture system mitigates the transformation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) induced by two-dimensional (2D) expansion. MSCs expanded in monolayer culture prior to encapsulation in collagen hydrogels (group eMSCs-CH) featured impaired stemness in chondrogenesis, comparing with the freshly isolated bone marrow mononuclear cells seeded directly in collagen hydrogels (group fMSCs-CH). The molecular mechanism of the in vitro expansion-triggered damage to MSCs was detected through genome-wide microarray analysis...
March 22, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Giulia F Del Gobbo, E Magda Price, Courtney W Hanna, Wendy P Robinson
Background: 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a key enzyme in one-carbon metabolism that ensures the availability of methyl groups for methylation reactions. Two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MTHFR gene, 677C>T and 1298A>C, result in a thermolabile enzyme with reduced function. These variants, in both the maternal and/or fetal genes, have been associated with pregnancy complications including miscarriage, neural tube defects (NTDs), and preeclampsia (PE), perhaps due to altered capacity for DNA methylation (DNAm)...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Aparajita Banerjee, Björn Hamberger
Catalyzing stereo- and regio-specific oxidation of inert hydrocarbon backbones, and a range of more exotic reactions inherently difficult in formal chemical synthesis, cytochromes P450 (P450s) offer outstanding potential for biotechnological engineering. Plants and their dazzling diversity of specialized metabolites have emerged as rich repository for functional P450s with the advances of deep transcriptomics and genome wide discovery. P450s are of outstanding interest for understanding chemical diversification throughout evolution, for gaining mechanistic insights through the study of their structure-function relationship, and for exploitation in Synthetic Biology...
2018: Phytochemistry Reviews: Proceedings of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
Jinfang Zhang, Lijuan Wei, Jun Jiang, Annaliese S Mason, Haojie Li, Cheng Cui, Liang Chai, Benchuan Zheng, Yongqing Zhu, Qing Xia, Liangcai Jiang, Donghui Fu
Non-coding RNA (ncRNA) is abundant in plant genomes, but is poorly described with unknown functionality in most species. Using whole genome RNA sequencing, we identified 1885, 1910 and 1299 lncRNAs and 186, 157 and 161 miRNAs at the whole genome level in the three Brassica species B. napus, B. oleracea and B. rapa, respectively. The lncRNA sequences were divergent between the three Brassica species. One quarter of lncRNAs were located in tandem repeat (TR) region. The expression of both lncRNAs and miRNAs was strongly biased towards the A rather than the C subgenome in B...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marlena S Fejzo, Olga V Sazonova, J Fah Sathirapongsasuti, Ingileif B Hallgrímsdóttir, Vladimir Vacic, Kimber W MacGibbon, Frederic P Schoenberg, Nicholas Mancuso, Dennis J Slamon, Patrick M Mullin
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, occurs in 0.3-2% of pregnancies and is associated with maternal and fetal morbidity. The cause of HG remains unknown, but familial aggregation and results of twin studies suggest that understanding the genetic contribution is essential for comprehending the disease etiology. Here, we conduct a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for binary (HG) and ordinal (severity of nausea and vomiting) phenotypes of pregnancy complications. Two loci, chr19p13...
March 21, 2018: Nature Communications
Xinmin S Li, Zeneng Wang, Tomas Cajka, Jennifer A Buffa, Ina Nemet, Alex G Hurd, Xiaodong Gu, Sarah M Skye, Adam B Roberts, Yuping Wu, Lin Li, Christopher J Shahen, Matthew A Wagner, Jaana A Hartiala, Robert L Kerby, Kymberleigh A Romano, Yi Han, Slayman Obeid, Thomas F Lüscher, Hooman Allayee, Federico E Rey, Joseph A DiDonato, Oliver Fiehn, W H Wilson Tang, Stanley L Hazen
Using an untargeted metabolomics approach in initial (N = 99 subjects) and replication cohorts (N = 1,162), we discovered and structurally identified a plasma metabolite associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks, N6,N6,N6-trimethyl-L-lysine (trimethyllysine, TML). Stable-isotope-dilution tandem mass spectrometry analyses of an independent validation cohort (N = 2,140) confirmed TML levels are independently associated with incident (3-year) major adverse cardiovascular event risks (hazards ratio [HR], 2...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Matthew J Rossi, William K M Lai, B Franklin Pugh
General regulatory factors (GRFs), such as Reb1, Abf1, Rap1, Mcm1, and Cbf1, positionally organize yeast chromatin through interactions with a core consensus DNA sequence. It is assumed that sequence recognition via direct base readout suffices for specificity and that spurious nonfunctional sites are rendered inaccessible by chromatin. We tested these assumptions through genome-wide mapping of GRFs in vivo and in purified biochemical systems at near-base pair (bp) resolution using several ChIP-exo-based assays...
March 21, 2018: Genome Research
José A Del Campo, Rocío Gallego-Durán, Paloma Gallego, Lourdes Grande
Genetics and epigenetics play a key role in the development of several diseases, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Family studies demonstrate that first degree relatives of patients with NAFLD are at a much higher risk of the disease than the general population. The development of the Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) technology has allowed the identification of numerous genetic polymorphisms involved in the evolution of diseases (e.g., PNPLA3 , MBOAT7 ). On the other hand, epigenetic changes interact with inherited risk factors to determine an individual's susceptibility to NAFLD...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sora Yoon, Hai C T Nguyen, Yun J Yoo, Jinhwan Kim, Bukyung Baik, Sounkou Kim, Jin Kim, Sangsoo Kim, Dougu Nam
Pathway-based analysis in genome-wide association study (GWAS) is being widely used to uncover novel multi-genic functional associations. Many of these pathway-based methods have been used to test the enrichment of the associated genes in the pathways, but exhibited low powers and were highly affected by free parameters. We present the novel method and software GSA-SNP2 for pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS P-value data. GSA-SNP2 provides high power, decent type I error control and fast computation by incorporating the random set model and SNP-count adjusted gene score...
March 19, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Suresh Venkateswaran, Jarod Prince, David J Cutler, Urko M Marigorta, David T Okou, Sampath Prahalad, David Mack, Brendan Boyle, Thomas Walters, Anne Griffiths, Cary G Sauer, Neal LeLeiko, David Keljo, James Markowitz, Susan S Baker, Joel Rosh, Marian Pfefferkorn, Melvin B Heyman, Ashish Patel, Anthony Otley, Robert Baldassano, Joshua Noe, Paul Rufo, Maria Oliva-Hemker, Sonia Davis, Michael E Zwick, Greg Gibson, Lee A Denson, Jeffrey Hyams, Subra Kugathasan
Background: The genetic contributions to pediatric onset ulcerative colitis (UC), characterized by severe disease and extensive colonic involvement, are largely unknown. In adult onset UC, Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) has identified numerous loci, most of which have a modest susceptibility risk (OR 0.84-1.14), with the exception of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region on Chromosome 6 (OR 3.59). Method: To study the genetic contribution to exclusive pediatric onset UC, a GWAS was performed on 466 cases with 2099 healthy controls using UK Biobank array...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Patrick J Short, Jeremy F McRae, Giuseppe Gallone, Alejandro Sifrim, Hyejung Won, Daniel H Geschwind, Caroline F Wright, Helen V Firth, David R FitzPatrick, Jeffrey C Barrett, Matthew E Hurles
We previously estimated that 42% of patients with severe developmental disorders carry pathogenic de novo mutations in coding sequences. The role of de novo mutations in regulatory elements affecting genes associated with developmental disorders, or other genes, has been essentially unexplored. We identified de novo mutations in three classes of putative regulatory elements in almost 8,000 patients with developmental disorders. Here we show that de novo mutations in highly evolutionarily conserved fetal brain-active elements are significantly and specifically enriched in neurodevelopmental disorders...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Zengrong Zhang, Huarui Du, Lijun Bai, Chaowu Yang, Qingyun Li, Xiaocheng Li, Mohan Qiu, Chunlin Yu, Zongrong Jiang, Xiaoyu Jiang, Lan Liu, Chenming Hu, Bo Xia, Xia Xiong, Xiaoyan Song, Xiaosong Jiang
BACKGROUND: Tibetan chickens living at high altitudes show specific adaptations to high-altitude conditions, but the epigenetic modifications associated with these adaptations have not been characterized. RESULTS: We investigated the genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in Tibetan chicken blood by using whole genome bisulfite sequencing. Generally, Tibetan chickens exhibited analogous methylation patterns to that of lowland chickens. A total of 3.92% of genomic cytosines were methylcytosines and 51...
2018: PloS One
Songzhen He, Xiaoling Tong, Minjin Han, Yanmin Bai, Fangyin Dai
The tyrosine kinases (TKs) are important parts of metazoan signaling pathways and play significant roles in cell growth, development, apoptosis and disease. Genome-wide characterization of TKs has been conducted in many metazoans, however, systematic information about this family in Lepidoptera is still lacking. We retrieved 33 TK-encoding genes in silkworm and classified them into 25 subfamilies by sequence analysis, without members in AXL, FRK, PDGFR, STYK1 and TIE subfamilies. Although domain sequences in each subfamily are conserved, TKs in vertebrates tend to be remarkably conserved and stable...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sumana Sharma, Evangelia Petsalaki
The cellular signalling process is a highly complex mechanism, involving multiple players, which together orchestrate the cell's response to environmental changes and perturbations. Given the multitude of genes that participate in the process of cellular signalling, its study in a genome-wide manner has proven challenging. Recent advances in gene editing technologies, including clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9 (CRISPR/Cas9) approaches, have opened new opportunities to investigate global regulatory signalling programs of cells in an unbiased manner...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Minseok Kwon, Sangseob Leem, Joon Yoon, Taesung Park
BACKGROUND: With the rapid advancement of array-based genotyping techniques, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have successfully identified common genetic variants associated with common complex diseases. However, it has been shown that only a small proportion of the genetic etiology of complex diseases could be explained by the genetic factors identified from GWAS. This missing heritability could possibly be explained by gene-gene interaction (epistasis) and rare variants. There has been an exponential growth of gene-gene interaction analysis for common variants in terms of methodological developments and practical applications...
March 19, 2018: BMC Systems Biology
Yuet-Kin Leung, Bin Ouyang, Liang Niu, Changchun Xie, Jun Ying, Mario Medvedovic, Aimin Chen, Pal Weihe, Damaskini Valvi, Philippe Grandjean, Shuk-Mei Ho
Faroe islanders consume marine foods contaminated with methylmercury (MeHg), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other toxicants associated with chronic disease risks. Differential DNA methylation at specific CpG sites in cord blood may serve as a surrogate biomarker of health impacts from chemical exposures. We aimed to identify key environmental chemicals in cord blood associated with DNA methylation changes in a population with elevated exposure to chemical mixtures. We studied 72 participants of a Faroese birth cohort recruited between 1986 and 1987 and followed until adulthood...
March 21, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
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